Dog-leg on Eyre Highway through Kimba to be removed

A notorious intersection in Kimba is set to receive an upgrade to improve road safety.

ELIMINATION: The dog leg will be removed to streamline the Eyre Highway traffic through Kimba. Photo: file.

ELIMINATION: The dog leg will be removed to streamline the Eyre Highway traffic through Kimba. Photo: file.

The intersection of South Terrace and Cowell-Kimba Road will be upgraded to realign the highway and remove a dog-leg which enabled the Eyre Highway to cross the now disused railway line.

Kimba mayor Dean Johnson said the dog leg would be eliminated and instead an S-bend would be installed, joining the two sections of highway back up just past Martin Terrace.

He said council has also requested a truck parking bay near some large gum trees so truckies could still stop in town easily.

It's part of a $75 million commitment by the federal and state governments to improve the Eyre Highway between Border Village and Port Augusta.

State Infrastructure Minister Corey Wingard said the upgrade, which is currently in the planning stage, would improve the amenity of the area for Kimba residents, tourists and other visitors.

"The Eyre Highway is a key piece of the state's road infrastructure, providing the primary road link between South Australia and Western Australia," Minister Wingard said.

"It contributes to the competitiveness of Australia's agricultural and mining sectors by providing access to essential freight networks in South Australia.

"Making these improvements now will not only provide immediate benefits, but also support the economic future of our state."

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the $75 million package of works is well underway with shoulder sealing gangs moving methodically along the highway.

"The Federal Government has committed a billion dollars to roadworks in the Grey electorate on an 80:20 basis with the State Government," he said.

"It is a once-in-a-generational investment in our regional road network and we will reap the benefit for years.

"The Kimba project is just part of the improvement of the primary road link between South Australia and Western Australia, benefiting heavy freight vehicles and other interstate and intrastate motorists.

"The works will also incorporate an eastbound rest area to give travellers an opportunity to stop and have a break on their journey, reducing fatigue and helping everyone get home safely to their families."

The Port Wakefield to Port Augusta (PW2PA) Alliance has been engaged to undertake the planning and design works of the intersection realignment and rest area.

Feedback is being sought from local residents and other highway users on the full concept design.